How to Make a Sign Stand


Whether advertising a yard sale, lemonade stand, birthday party, outdoor wedding reception or any other function, you might need a sign stand–sturdy enough to last for at least a few days. With the right tools you can make a sign stand in just a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Post, 5 feet, 4 inches diameter
  • Post-hole digger or sharp spade
  • Soil tamper
  • Spirit level
  • Two wooden boards, 1 x 2 inch, 2 feet long
  • Galvanized wood screws
  • Cordless drill
  • Wire (optional)
  • Screw eyes (optional)
  • Staple gun (optional)
  • Determine the location of your sign stand. Check the approach to the location for good visibility–look out for low-hanging branches or other obstacles that might obscure your sign.

  • Dig a narrow hole one foot deep, and place the post in the hole. Fill the hole in with loose dirt.

  • Straighten the post with a level, and pack the dirt at the base when the post is straight. Tamp the ground around the post with a soil tamper.

  • Attach a 1 x 2 inch wooden board to the top of the post so that the center of the board is aligned with the post. Hold the board in place with a single galvanized screw.

  • Level the board and secure it with a second galvanized screw. Measure the height of your sign, and attach the second board below the first at a distance that corresponds to your sign’s height. Check the second board for levelness before attaching.

  • Attach cardboard or plastic signs to your stand with a staple gun. To attach heavier signage, insert screw eyes into the back of the sign, and tie the screw eyes to the sign boards with wire.

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